We're always told to "respect our elders." In truth, many of our elders are wonderful and understanding people. Others are definitely not.

Many young people are very frustrated by older generations. Technology has taken its toll. The job market does not resemble anything that it used to be. The realities of the climate crisis continue to compound. Geopolitical events are raising tensions. Global inequality is at an all-time high.

Given all this, how can young people be expected to bridge the gap between their philosophies and those of people much older than them? People shared their frustrations with us after Redditor baker109123 asked the online community,

"Younger people are Reddit, what are you tired of hearing from older generations?"

"As a 29-year-old..."

"As a 29 year old, tired of older people telling me I’ll understand joint pain, tiredness when I’m older. I’m disabled and chronically ill. I have had bad joints since birth. Like it’s great that all your health problems are a result of your age but mine have been around and will worsen because of that."

supermeg77

It's true. Some of the older people don't understand that those younger are just as capable of being in the same (or worse) chronic pain then them.

"My mom and I got into a fight over housing affordability. " Your father (55)and I (53) worked very hard to afford this house (175k) and you make more than we did at the time we bought (1992)."

"The house now is worth about 1.5m, my mom didn't work and my dad made 100k/year. I make 150k and houses in my price range are 600k 1hr+ away from where i want to be and less than half size with less than half the lot."

x-Sleepy

Your parents bought their house at the best possible time. The income to house price ratio hadn't been that low for like a century and now is exponentially worse.

"I have more life experience than you…” then proceeds to go on an emotionally stunted rant based on their own personal bias due to trauma they refuse to process because “they know best.”

[deleted]

Oh, don't remind me. How many times have I heard that one?

"A little bit late to the party, but as someone (30) identifying as LGBTQ, literally pretty much anything they have to say about queer/trans issues. Probably the most annoying thing is being CONSTANTLY reminded how hard it is to remember my name and pronouns despite being out for years now."

iamth3walrus

They didn't have all this trans stuff cause it was hidden

It's so invalidating when people react this way.

"I am 44 but I still feel like I am young. I am tired of hearing pretty much everything my generation says. I don't understand when everybody else just suddenly morphed into their parents."

Hattkake

I am younger than that and am still wondering when some of the people around me morphed. Did this happen overnight and I just happened to miss it?

"Literally any and all job advice."

"Literally any and all job advice. Sorry, Deborah, but you've worked the same unionized position for 30+ years. The number of valuable insights you can give me about the modern labor landscape numbers somewhere between diddly and squat."

spenhizle

Been there. This is so frustrating. The job market is nothing like it was before!

"I'm a restaurant worker..."

"They're so judgemental and rude. I'm a restaurant worker and I swear young people are way more polite and easy going while older people have zero patience (even though they're the ones who are already retired), oftentimes make racist, sexist, homophobic and bodyshaming comments and still act like they're above the younger generation simply because they've been alive for longer."

dreamingofhogwarts

The respect they demand after such behavior is wild as well.

"I'm tired of people complaining about how younger people are terrible as though they weren't the ones that raised those younger people to be what they are."

photoguy423

Ah, logic! A rarity in this world, it seems.

"Then promptly ask us..."

"How we can't fix anything ourselves. Then promptly ask us to fix their WiFi, set up their new phone and figure out why their computer is running slow. We can do plenty, we just have a different skill set!"

[deleted]

This is an excellent point. Everyone brings different skills to the table. Why is this so hard to understand?

"I hate how we've gone..."

"I hate how we've gone from me getting facebook as a teenager and my parents being like "DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE ON THE INTERNET" to them sending me "medical research" from unverified/unreputable sources."

ydmat3

And then they get very angry once they're fact checked. Who'd have thought?

"Buddy, I've been working..."

"Pull yourself up by your boot straps and work harder."

"Buddy, I’ve been working 60+ hours a week and prices keep going up and my pay is not and I actually cannot afford to change jobs, change my living situation, buy a more fuel efficient car, or go to college. There actually is no out."

"There is no work harder and I’ll make it. I’m literally in the poverty trap. I’m slowly making my way out of it but it’s going to be a long time unless some other opportunity magically appears. College isn’t the price of a McDouble anymore old man."

[deleted]

Ain't this the truth. Sadly, many people are in this people and far too few people understand that.

It's very clear that there is an enormous generational divide. The difference between those who grew up with the internet and those who did not is massive. We could all strive to have a little more empathy.

Have some stories of your own? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!

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